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Disney/ABC Domestic Television announced today that Cedric "The Entertainer" would be replacing Meredith Vieira as host of "Who Wants To Be A Millionaire," beginning with the shows 12 season scheduled to debut in national syndication this Fall.

Prospect Park continues to channel "One Life to Live's" original title of "Between Heaven and Hell" in a new audition script, which holds true to their desire to make the online version of the show "edgier" and "fresh."

Taboo as the topic of sex might be, it’s one subject that never fails to demand rapt attention. Sex sells, and daytime dramas have always known it; the term “love in the afternoon” didn’t spring from nothing! But just how much more provocative will TOLN’s online soaps, “All My Children” and “One Life to Live,” be now that they’re no longer under strict network regulations? Soap Opera Network sat down with some of the show’s stars, all of whom were none too shy to open up and reveal the naked truth about the new love in the afternoon!

Trevor St. John's first acting gig was courtesy of the 1993 film "Benny & Joon." Although he was only a stand-in for Aidan Quinn's character, Benjamin "Benny" Pearl," the actor credits the experience for giving him that certain bug. "The energy and pace of the movie set really caught my interest and was the reason I chose Los Angeles over New York. I've wanted to relive that feeling ever since."

Earlier this evening Corbin Bleu (Jeffrey King) tweeted to his more than 980,000 followers, "If @onelifetolive gets 5,000 followers today, we'll tweet out a picture of me on my first day on set!" Soon afterward the series reached its goal and then some (total stands at 5,170 as of this writing). As a result, "One Life to Live" kept its promise when it tweeted out a pic of Bleu with his character holding his cell phone (see image on the right).

Hulu, the new exclusive home for online viewing of "All My Children" and "One Life to Live," has released the first official trailer on its website highlighting cast and crew from both series as they worked behind the scenes for their photo shoot, which took place on Wednesday, February 27 in Sleepy Hollow, NY at the Sleepy Hollow Country Club. Additionally, Hulu has relaunched its "AMC" and "OLTL" web pages where you can be kept up to date on the latest happenings in Pine Valley and Llanview.

ABC has partnered with amfAR, The Foundation of AIDS Research, to celebrate the 50th anniversary of "General Hospital." In a press release issued today, the network said that as "GH" approaches its 50th year on the air (Monday, April 1), it will return the popular Nurses Ball event after a 12 year absence (not since 2001). amfAR's participation includes storyline integration that will mark the first time that a real-life charity will be involved in the event.

Soap Opera Network can confirm that Martin Harvey has been cast in the role of Yuri on "All My Children." In a breakdown of the character, Yuri is described as the brains behind a sinister operation that will directly impact some of the towns most prominent citizens. As previously reported, Alfredo Diaz has been cast as Yuri's more hands-on cohort, Vlad.

According to a report by TV Guide's Michael Logan, former "Guiding Light" and "All My Children" star Ricky Paull Goldin is joining the cast of CBS' "The Bold and the Beautiful" in the recurring role of Jesse, who is the "badass" daddy of Maya's (Karla Mosley) child. Per a "B&B" rep, Jesse "will arrive on the scene, see Maya with Rick [Jacob Young] and immediately get jealous." Goldin is expected to begin filming scenes this week with a first airdate set for Monday, May 15.

Last week, Soap Opera Network featured a Center Stage interview with “One Life to Live’s” legendary veteran, Erika Slezak (Victoria Lord). She opened up about the future of ‘OLTL,’ working with the fresh, young faces on the show, and what it’s been like to have show creator Agnes Nixon back at the helm. And this week, we’re revealing how she feels about Robin Strasser (Dorian Lord), what it’s like working with Roger Howarth (Todd Manning) versus working with Trevor St. John (Victor Lord), and who she’d like to see return to Llanview!

On Monday, March 18, "One Life to Live" begins filming for the first time in more than a year. Returning star Jerry verDorn (Clint Buchanan) posted pictures from the set, which shows construction underway (the soap was reportedly building sets last week) along with a look into what "All My Children's" sets are expected to look like as well as some key sets (namely the hospital and coffee shop) will be shared by both series (with alterations). It's understood that crew members will help transition certain sets from one show to another depending on which soap is currently in production.

Robert Newman addressed fan inquiries on Facebook earlier today over his possible involvement in either "All My Children" or "One Life to Live," which are essentially filming in his backyard of Stamford, CT. The inquiries were from fans of the cancelled Proctor & Gamble produced soap "Guiding Light," which Newman starred off and on for nearly 30 years as Joshua Lewis.

Hot off of completing the first round of "All My Children" filming in Connecticut for its online rebirth, Supervising Producer Sonia Blangiardo joined up with Alicia Minshew, the star of [Blangiardo's] upcoming online drama "Tainted Dreams" for a trip to Texas. The pair landed in the ABC affiliate news studio, WFAA, which airs in the fifth largest media market in America, Dallas-Forth Worth, Texas. Blangiardo and Minshew talked to talk-show host Ron Corning - former host of ABC's "World News Now" and WNYW's "Good Day New York" - about both upcoming online projects on the popular morning news program "Daybreak."